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Old 06-07-2001, 09:31 AM   #1
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ZooMed Power Sweep


Could someone give me an opinion on these power heads. Do they rotate correctly and consistantly ? Or are they just a con ?

I'm looking to add a little bit more surge/circulation to a 70 gallon tank. I currently use a Rio 2500 for sump return and 2 maxijet 900's in the tank. I thought about adding 2 maxijet 600's on timers but if the ZooMeds work, they would be pretty cool.

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Old 06-07-2001, 10:21 AM   #2
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I have a powersweep and it has been in my 40 gallon tank for about 6 months now and haven't had a problem with it yet!!!!
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Old 06-07-2001, 10:27 AM   #3
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Does the flow throught the pump spin a gear system to make it rotate ? How often does it shift 90 degrees ?


Thanks so much for the info. I really hate buying something that dosn't work.(especially when you get 2 of them)
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Old 06-07-2001, 10:45 AM   #4
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Goto web pagethis will give you more information
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Old 06-07-2001, 03:20 PM   #5
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Hi there!! I bought one of these Power Sweep and have heard some stories about how they get clogged up and stop sweeping and they make noise,etc,etc,!
I have not used mine yet and have taken it out of the box only once to look at it and have had it for months. Maybe I will try it one of these days-------Who Knows! I have alot of circulation now so no big rush. Johnny
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Old 06-07-2001, 04:05 PM   #6
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I have been using two of the 228s and my main problem with them is the suction cups don't hold the weight I have found mine on the dsb blowing big holes in it. While were on the subject what can i do about that just get new suction cups? As far as them getting clogged it happens occasionally but I haven't kept mine in tip top shape they come with prefilters which should keep all the debris out and a quick cleaning will take care of any clogs. Over all I like mine (a few quirks, but oh well) I have two at opposite ends facing each other and the random currents it creates are great a tiny bit of upkeep and they will do great.(replace those tiny suction cups though)
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Old 06-07-2001, 04:30 PM   #7
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I have used Powersweep powerheads and can say they are not worth it. They do freeze up and require more maintance then a regular powerhead. i have maxijets in a tank that have not been clean in monthes. When the powersweep is left like that algea builds up in the gearing and makes it a real pain to clean. I have not dealt with any noise problems. i just think bang for the buck get a maxijet, and save up for a wavemaker.
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Old 06-07-2001, 07:35 PM   #8
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Somethings Fishy,

I gave up on the suction cups after a while. I got some sort of plastic hanger in the craft department at Wall Mart (I guess it was for hanging stuff on doors). I then took out a saw and cut it off to the length I needed. I tie wrapped the powerheads to this "hanger" and just hung it on the back of the tank. I had a slot cut in my hood so it could hang over the back. With two power heads on it is is heavy enough to not swing back and forth on me. (as long as they face different directions)


I think I will give up on the Power Sweeps and just get a couple more MaxiJets. I might be able to pull off a red sea wavemaker for christmas

Thanks guys
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Old 06-08-2001, 08:57 AM   #9
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The only occilating device I have run across that seems to get consistantly good reviews are the Sea Swirls, which unfortunatly cost and arm and a leg plus your first born
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We tried a ZooMed out at the shop; it was a piece of.....well, let's just say that it didn't test well, shall we?
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Quote:
Originally posted by Alice:
We tried a ZooMed out at the shop; it was a piece of.....well
Go ahead and say it Alice! It was a piece of ca-ca-do-do.

Incidentally, I've heard the same about them.
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